I'd do nothing but reading if I could (ok, maybe eat some great food, buy some fancy shoes between two books...oh, and spend some quality time with the gorgeous guy I married while I am on reading-break anyway...)
I have read the fantasy space adventures written by this author with great enjoyment.
This book was also a very good story with a likable main character.
The strength of it certainly came from the storytelling.The thrown in romance was unnecessary and didn't add at all to the story imho.
The world-building was solid and had some interesting twists - there was a not so unexpected turn hinted at in regards to the "power level" of the main character, so I am sure there is more development to come.
I really liked the Calgary "mundane world" setting, it gave the story atmosphere and depth.